Dyshawn Pierre scored 20 points and Dayton rode a loud home-state advantage to another NCAA tournament victory, beating Providence, 66-53, on Friday night.
The 11th-seeded Flyers (27-8) will face Oklahoma on Sunday night, with a chance to reach the round of 16 for the second straight season.
Sixth-seeded Providence (22-12) could not overcome early foul trouble on Big East player of the year Kris Dunn or a Dayton team buoyed by a legion of fans that made the 80-mile trip to Columbus. Dunn finished with 11 points before fouling out. LaDontae Henton had 18.
Dayton was playing its fifth game in eight days after reaching the final of the Atlantic 10 tournament on Sunday in...